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#126 Yearning

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:11 AM

My De Quervain's tendinitis, which is what I was guessing you had, by the symptoms you described, got worse and I'm having surgery in March. Ahhh, the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth! I wouldn't change it for a thing (even with the DQ and not sleeping through the night for 14 months and counting)!


I also wound up with both Carpal Tunnel and DQ in both wrists. I have a surgical consult but not until September. The wonders of the Canadian medical system. Good luck and please keep us posted with the results of your surgery.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 09:00 PM


My De Quervain's tendinitis, which is what I was guessing you had, by the symptoms you described, got worse and I'm having surgery in March. Ahhh, the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth! I wouldn't change it for a thing (even with the DQ and not sleeping through the night for 14 months and counting)!


I also wound up with both Carpal Tunnel and DQ in both wrists. I have a surgical consult but not until September. The wonders of the Canadian medical system. Good luck and please keep us posted with the results of your surgery.


OMG - it's only February - and you have a consult in September? I don't understand the Canadian medical system at all. I went to the hand surgeon and had injections on 3 separate occassions - as I was trying a less invasive method to fixing the problem. The injections only work 30% of the time, but I was hopeful. They did give temporary relief but each wore off in a few weeks or so. I saw the surgeon on Wednesday and thought I had a long wait until her next available date - 2 weeks later.

I think your daughter is just about the age of my son (born 12/16/10) - they'd probably have a nice play time - come on over, maybe the surgeon can do both our wrists in March!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:38 PM

sharlene and yearning - curious, what are the sypmtoms you are experiencing with your wrist? My wrist has not been the same since about 6 or 8 weeks after Emily was born :( It use to be so painful, now it is just tender (if I even bump it - ouch!). Every time I see my chiro he works on my elbow and forearm and it does help and he gave me a stretch to do. I am not super consistent with the stretch, but I am also not convinced that it will completely solve the problem.

At the height of the painful period it hurt every time I picked DD up or nursed her on the right side (the angle I held my wrist in was painful).
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#129 Yearning

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:07 AM

sharlene and yearning - curious, what are the sypmtoms you are experiencing with your wrist? My wrist has not been the same since about 6 or 8 weeks after Emily was born Posted Image It use to be so painful, now it is just tender (if I even bump it - ouch!). Every time I see my chiro he works on my elbow and forearm and it does help and he gave me a stretch to do. I am not super consistent with the stretch, but I am also not convinced that it will completely solve the problem.

At the height of the painful period it hurt every time I picked DD up or nursed her on the right side (the angle I held my wrist in was painful).


Luckypenny my first symptoms appeared also at about 6 to 8 weeks. It started by having a numb thumb, index and middle finger. Sleeping I would wake up with extreme pins and needles that you couldn't shake off. It developed to include pain (more on the bottom side of the wrist) and weakness along with the numbness. At one point I could only breastfeed with a pillow and different positioning of blankets to hold DD in place. I went to physio. Initially she did an aggressive forearm and elbow type massage. It didn't really help much. She then started to focus on my neck and doing nerve stretches. Apparently some carpal tunnel symptoms can come from the neck but this is not the norm. This helped a great deal. I had no real pain and numbness in my fingertips only. For a while I thought that this had solved my problems. Then came the De Quervain's. I had severe pain and discomfort in my thumbs and on the thumb side of my wrists. The thumbs are very weak and it is painful to try and open them fully. The "meaty" pad at the bottom of the thumb is very sore to the touch (yet feels really good to massage). The wrist is also very sore. I think I look a bit strange at times because I hold my thumbs kind of oddly. They sort of stick up all of the time. I have tried physio for this but not found it to be at all helpful. My family doctor finally sent in a referral to see a wrist surgeon. Alas the appointment is very far away. This after he says to me "the longer you have the numbness, the less likely it is that it will ever go away". Thanks. I am hopeful that cortisone injections will be helpful but I see that they didn't help Sharlene.

I think you could google both Carpal tunnel and De Quervain's and see if either sound like your "pain". Both are very common in mothers of little ones. I think that they even call De Quervain's Mommy's thumb.

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#130 Yearning

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:11 AM



My De Quervain's tendinitis, which is what I was guessing you had, by the symptoms you described, got worse and I'm having surgery in March. Ahhh, the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth! I wouldn't change it for a thing (even with the DQ and not sleeping through the night for 14 months and counting)!


I also wound up with both Carpal Tunnel and DQ in both wrists. I have a surgical consult but not until September. The wonders of the Canadian medical system. Good luck and please keep us posted with the results of your surgery.


OMG - it's only February - and you have a consult in September? I don't understand the Canadian medical system at all. I went to the hand surgeon and had injections on 3 separate occassions - as I was trying a less invasive method to fixing the problem. The injections only work 30% of the time, but I was hopeful. They did give temporary relief but each wore off in a few weeks or so. I saw the surgeon on Wednesday and thought I had a long wait until her next available date - 2 weeks later.

I think your daughter is just about the age of my son (born 12/16/10) - they'd probably have a nice play time - come on over, maybe the surgeon can do both our wrists in March!


Our system is a lot of wait, wait, wait. I would rather pay and get help sooner. I was hopeful they would recommend cortisone and it would work like a charm. Not so much I see. I just might have to head south. Perhaps we can have a play date. Our little ones are very close in age. I'm sure they would have a great time.

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#131 sharlene

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:47 AM




My De Quervain's tendinitis, which is what I was guessing you had, by the symptoms you described, got worse and I'm having surgery in March. Ahhh, the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth! I wouldn't change it for a thing (even with the DQ and not sleeping through the night for 14 months and counting)!


I also wound up with both Carpal Tunnel and DQ in both wrists. I have a surgical consult but not until September. The wonders of the Canadian medical system. Good luck and please keep us posted with the results of your surgery.


OMG - it's only February - and you have a consult in September? I don't understand the Canadian medical system at all. I went to the hand surgeon and had injections on 3 separate occassions - as I was trying a less invasive method to fixing the problem. The injections only work 30% of the time, but I was hopeful. They did give temporary relief but each wore off in a few weeks or so. I saw the surgeon on Wednesday and thought I had a long wait until her next available date - 2 weeks later.

I think your daughter is just about the age of my son (born 12/16/10) - they'd probably have a nice play time - come on over, maybe the surgeon can do both our wrists in March!


Our system is a lot of wait, wait, wait. I would rather pay and get help sooner. I was hopeful they would recommend cortisone and it would work like a charm. Not so much I see. I just might have to head south. Perhaps we can have a play date. Our little ones are very close in age. I'm sure they would have a great time.


We live right near the Children's Museum of Manhattan! Am I tempting you?

I was really trying to avoid surgery - the injection may work for you - which would be great. I will warn you though - it's worth it if they work, but the injection hurts like H-LL! I screamed and could hear the scream like it was coming out of someone else. The % of people for whom the injection works (long term, not just a few weeks) is low, but if you're in the %, of course, it's great (hey, we were in the right % for IVF!).

#132 sharlene

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:57 AM

sharlene and yearning - curious, what are the sypmtoms you are experiencing with your wrist? My wrist has not been the same since about 6 or 8 weeks after Emily was born Posted Image It use to be so painful, now it is just tender (if I even bump it - ouch!). Every time I see my chiro he works on my elbow and forearm and it does help and he gave me a stretch to do. I am not super consistent with the stretch, but I am also not convinced that it will completely solve the problem.

At the height of the painful period it hurt every time I picked DD up or nursed her on the right side (the angle I held my wrist in was painful).


I'd go to a hand surgeon, if at all possible - they can recognize what it is, quickly and easily. I knew to go to a hand surgeon because I had hand surgery many years ago - and I thought the pain had something to do with my prior issues. Check out DeQuervain's - see if it fits. It really sucks not being able to pick up our babies and care for them without serious pain. At this point, I'm looking forward to the surgery. I'm tired of being in pain so much. And from what I understand, it's a 10 minute procedure.

Initially, I thought it was carpal tunnel or something like that - I tried a wrist splint and massage, ibuprofen etc. - I would have gone to the hand surgeon sooner if I realized it was something that couldn't be fixed that way. I'm not sorry I tried the injections first - they could have worked.

I hope you figure it out soon. It sucks to be in pain - and hard to keep trying to maneuver in ways to avoid causing pain. I now primarily breastfeed Jonah while lying on the bed - it's very comfortable for both of us - and keeps my wrist out of the equation for the most part. When we're out and I have to hold him, I try to keep my wrist away - but that's tough - every once in a while, he hits it and I scream, then I feel bad that I scared him. I'm sure the recovery period will be interesting.

#133 Yearning

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 12:31 AM





My De Quervain's tendinitis, which is what I was guessing you had, by the symptoms you described, got worse and I'm having surgery in March. Ahhh, the wonders of pregnancy and childbirth! I wouldn't change it for a thing (even with the DQ and not sleeping through the night for 14 months and counting)!


I also wound up with both Carpal Tunnel and DQ in both wrists. I have a surgical consult but not until September. The wonders of the Canadian medical system. Good luck and please keep us posted with the results of your surgery.


OMG - it's only February - and you have a consult in September? I don't understand the Canadian medical system at all. I went to the hand surgeon and had injections on 3 separate occassions - as I was trying a less invasive method to fixing the problem. The injections only work 30% of the time, but I was hopeful. They did give temporary relief but each wore off in a few weeks or so. I saw the surgeon on Wednesday and thought I had a long wait until her next available date - 2 weeks later.

I think your daughter is just about the age of my son (born 12/16/10) - they'd probably have a nice play time - come on over, maybe the surgeon can do both our wrists in March!


Our system is a lot of wait, wait, wait. I would rather pay and get help sooner. I was hopeful they would recommend cortisone and it would work like a charm. Not so much I see. I just might have to head south. Perhaps we can have a play date. Our little ones are very close in age. I'm sure they would have a great time.


We live right near the Children's Museum of Manhattan! Am I tempting you?

I was really trying to avoid surgery - the injection may work for you - which would be great. I will warn you though - it's worth it if they work, but the injection hurts like H-LL! I screamed and could hear the scream like it was coming out of someone else. The % of people for whom the injection works (long term, not just a few weeks) is low, but if you're in the %, of course, it's great (hey, we were in the right % for IVF!).


I am very tempted! I have heard of the Children's Museum of Manhattan but just looked it up online today. Wow are you ever lucky to be living so close to such a gem. I am trying to convince my DH we need a little trip...even if it is not a "medical" one.

I'm hoping the injections will work. As you point out we were sure lucky to be in the right % for IVF. I am still in awe of that every single day and it brings tears to my eyes to think about it. Life is wonderful right now (even with the painful thumbs and wrists)!

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#134 sharlene

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:23 PM

Update on the DeQuervain's - had the wrist surgery about a month ago now - and I'm still a little sore from the surgery, but the thumb/wrist feel sooo much better! Yippee! For about 2 weeks I couldn't lift Jonah at all - so DW had to do all the lifting - which included in the middle of the night - since he's still getting up for a snack of warm milk and a snuggle - I think I am now more appreciated!

I hope your wrist will be attended to soon, Yearning.

How's your wrist doing Luckypenny? Any better?

How is everyone else on this thread? Still Breastfeeding? Jonah is now 15 and a half months - and showing no signs of interest in weaning. It is very easy to BF now, and he really enjoys it, so I'm not pushing toward weaning really - though in some ways, it would be nice to have my breasts back (plus I could try another cycle once I've weaned).

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:43 PM

Sharlene - Glad to hear your wrist is feeling better. That would be frustrating not to be able to do things like usual, but I would certainly enjoy the getting more credit for all you do!

How do you know when they're ready to wean? We just started solids last month so obviously we're nowhere near that, but I've been thinking about how nice it will be to be down to a few nursings a day, allowing me to go out for a bit longer than I can now and not worry so much. I don't think I'll get away with getting away before bedtime or even overnight for a while since that's the last to go (which is okay, it's my favourite one) and he refuses a bottle and when he wakes up in the night, even if it's just for a snuggle, he gets hysterical if I'm not the one who gets him. Do they start refusing to nurse? I don't have a real timeline in mind for when I want to be done, but I do hope he takes the initiative and ideally I'd like him to be done by age 2. I have no real issues with continuing longer as far as his age or anything, but it would be nice for Daddy or others to be able to take more active role in feeding him and I'm starting to think it would be nice to have my body back completely. Not today, mind you, but I can definitely see a time when I'll be glad to be done even if I'm a bit sad at the same time.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:00 PM

Hi Ladies! Its been awhile! I too am still suffering with wrist pain :( I have to go back to my doctor to get referred to a wrist surgeon... It sucks :(

Have you guys had to deal with biting? DS has 6 teeth and hes 8 months, and hes drags his teeth into me... i try and re-latch, i try and say no... It hurts so much :(
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:54 PM

Ugh, teeth! Calvin has 8 teeth already (first two showed up at the same time between 3 and 4 months)... I really think there needs to be a rule that breastfed babies should be late teethers! Although I generally find it to be the other way around - I wonder if there's actually a correlation or if you just hear about it more since it's not a big deal if they bite a bottle.

It came up in the breastfeeding support group I attend in real life a while ago. I only remember some of the advice, but the biggest one is to make a big deal out of it when they do it - yell "ouch!" and startle them, look unhappy with them (not a hard thing to do!), and end the feeding session. They need to learn that biting equals no more milk. One of the tricks to avoid it is to not feed when they're starting to fall asleep, which is a hard one because they often fall asleep on the breast, but it's also when a lot of biting happens because the tongue goes back into their mouth or something as they stop sucking to eat. I find that I generally only get bitten when he's done anyway and he's just playing around, so he doesn't get upset when I end the session, but he is sensitive and reacts strongly to me being hurt so that's enough for him. A friend of mine's son would laugh when she would yell ouch (yikes, right?), and it seemed he was biting on purpose, but she kept doing it and now he doesn't do it very often.

I don't remember much else from the advice, but those are the big ones anyway. I can tell you that I'm so glad I use the shield now and won't be giving that up anytime soon because it at least gives me a little bit of protection. It still hurts through it, I cannot imagine how bad it hurts without it. Those teeth are sharp!

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He arrived on Sunday, August 21, 2011. I can't believe he's ours! So grateful.

We would like a second but it will have to happen naturally. Period returned July 2012.

 

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#138 Luckypenny

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:16 PM

sharlene - glad to hear that your wrist is feeling better :) I still have some discomfort, but I think it's just that - discomfort and not pain.

Emily is still nursing. Up until I think somewhere between 1 year and 13months our nursing schedule was: wake-up nurse, around 11am nurse, naptime nurse, 4pm nurse, bedtime nurse (and possibly another one in between 4pm and bed) and then up to nurse AT LEAST once a night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in between. She is a great eater, will eat most things that we offer, but I wouldn't say in very big quantities. I dropped the 11am and 4pm nurse somewhere between a year an 13 months and started giving her a snack instead. I'm going to go back to work part time (just 2 days a week, then possibly up it to three in the summer. I volunteer at a public school one morning a week and I want to finish out the school year). I am pumping a bit so that I can send a bottle of expressed breast milk to daycare with her for nap time. If I was comfortable giving her cow's or even goat's milk I would send that instead and drop the pumping. But, I don't do well with dairy and neither does DH or many members of his family, so I'd rather limit her dairy intake for the time being. I do give her cheese (only white cheese, no orange cheese. Why dye cheese?!?!?). I think she eats enough solids and has enough dairy that she probably doesn't need the naptime bottle for nutrition, but she does need it to sleep.

Pumping is getting harder from the perspective of supply. I seem to have plenty of supply to nurse (when I miss a nurse I get engorged. Well, actually just my right breast. The left doesn't seem to produce as much). I heard that yeast (can't remember if it was nutritional yeast or brewer's yeast. Must google after) can increase supply. I've tried nursing teas but they seem to give me a headache. It seems a bit silly to be trying to increase supply at this point, but I do like having enough to send her with a bottle.

Frostedlemon, Emily wouldn't take a bottle prior to 5 months, and for the first little while after she started taking a bottle it had to be a Playtex Drop-in. Ironically, she now LOVES a bottle. Whenever we see another baby with a bottle she very insistently points and says "ba-ba-ba-ba....". If we are going to be somewhere and I know there will be a baby that gets a bottle I take a bottle with just water in it for Emily (on top of her sippy cup that she normally drinks water from). She doesn't seem to care what is in the bottle, just that she is getting one.

Anne - that sucks about the biting :( Emily doesn't bite when she is nursing, but if she is teething she will sometimes rub her teeth/gums on my breast, which is uncomfortable, but not painful. Having said that - she does bite when she is frustrated/angry :( It's a different situation, but I say sternly "no biting!". She knows that it is not acceptable - her way of aplogizing is to say "hello!". If she is tired her feelings get hurt easily, and she will cry and repeatedly say "hello" until I respond "hello" back.

In terms of getting my breasts back - I'm only curious if my breasts will ever both be the same size again. My right is significantly larger than the left, only since I started nursing. When they are both "empty" the difference isn't as significant.

DH and I are thinking of ttc again around this time next year. I will have to wean DD before that, but it is a long way away. Sometimes I think she would probably be quite happy with a bottle, but other times I'm not so sure. When she wants to nurse she pats my chest and says "nnn,nnnn" or "na,na". Sometimes she is satisfied with a snack, but sometimes she gets much more insistent!
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March 2008 - October 2009 - LOTS of alternative therapy. You name it, I tried it!
February 2009 - confirmed via cycle monitoring I was now ovulating and my ovaries both look fine. Officially unexplained IF. Hmmm, now what?
Next Steps: Had initial consult with Dr. Virro at Markham Fertility Centre on October 1, 2009. Hysteroscopy/laproscopy performed on February 5, 2010. Post op appointment on March 8, 2010. Found out one small spot of endo removed from uterus and a very tiny septum resected.
Started BCP on March 31, 2010.
First IVF (first anything!) cycle after.
Last BCP April 20th.
Started stims: April 25 (Puregon - varied from 100iu to 42.5iu, Menopur - 75iu, and orgalutron)
ER date - May 5th.
14 retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized - 4 via IVF, 3 via ICSI
3 days past retrieval - 5 8-cell embryos (3 via IVF, 2 via ICSI), 2 lagging 6-cell embryos (1 via IVF, 1 via ICSI)
ET on May 10, 5day past retrieval - tranferred 1 "superb, could sell it on e-bay" embaby - grade 5AB0! 4 more "lovely" totsicles (2 5day, 2 6day). The ivf embies did better than the icsi embies.
Beta - May 21s: BFP! Beta was 507! Still early days, but we're happy to be pg!
Viability scan - June 11. Baby right on track, heartrate of 140bpm, measuring 7weeks 1day at just over 1cm long. HOWEVER, big cyst in my right ovary. Going back for another u/s in two weeks to monitor the cyst.
U/S to monitor cyst - June 24 - cyst shrank slightly. Baby still measuring on track, 9weeks 1day and just over 2cm long, heartrate of 167bpm
12week u/s - July 12 - cyst had shrank to 2cm. Baby looked like a baby! Moving around and flailing arms and legs. Just over 5.5cm long, heartrate of 160bpm. Nuchal scan and nasal bone both looked good. Doctor's appointment went well.
20 week ultrasound and doctors appointment - baby looks good - its a girl :) Test results from IPS test show a 1 in 20,000 risk of a chromosomal abnormality. Placenta is partially covering cervix, doctor will check again at 32 weeks.
26 week doctors appointment - GD test
30 week doctors appointment - got GD test results, I passed. Baby measuring on track, good strong heartbeat :)
32 week doctors appointment - u/s to check placenta position to see if it has been pulled up from my cervix and also to check baby's size

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#139 Luckypenny

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

Oh, also re. biting - Dr. Sears recommendation is to push the baby's head in tighter to the breast - apparently they will reflexively open up their mouth. Worth a try.
Me: 35 DH:35
Dx: Unexplained
Started ttc September 2006
November 2007 - Initial consult at LifeQuest
January 2008 - Diagnostic testing.
February 2008 - Test results - No problems with DH. Dr. suspected I had a PCOS variant and that I probably wasn't ovulating. Suggested superovulation (injectibles) with or without IUI
Decided to forgo treatment for the time being and focus on improving my health.
March 2008 - October 2009 - LOTS of alternative therapy. You name it, I tried it!
February 2009 - confirmed via cycle monitoring I was now ovulating and my ovaries both look fine. Officially unexplained IF. Hmmm, now what?
Next Steps: Had initial consult with Dr. Virro at Markham Fertility Centre on October 1, 2009. Hysteroscopy/laproscopy performed on February 5, 2010. Post op appointment on March 8, 2010. Found out one small spot of endo removed from uterus and a very tiny septum resected.
Started BCP on March 31, 2010.
First IVF (first anything!) cycle after.
Last BCP April 20th.
Started stims: April 25 (Puregon - varied from 100iu to 42.5iu, Menopur - 75iu, and orgalutron)
ER date - May 5th.
14 retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized - 4 via IVF, 3 via ICSI
3 days past retrieval - 5 8-cell embryos (3 via IVF, 2 via ICSI), 2 lagging 6-cell embryos (1 via IVF, 1 via ICSI)
ET on May 10, 5day past retrieval - tranferred 1 "superb, could sell it on e-bay" embaby - grade 5AB0! 4 more "lovely" totsicles (2 5day, 2 6day). The ivf embies did better than the icsi embies.
Beta - May 21s: BFP! Beta was 507! Still early days, but we're happy to be pg!
Viability scan - June 11. Baby right on track, heartrate of 140bpm, measuring 7weeks 1day at just over 1cm long. HOWEVER, big cyst in my right ovary. Going back for another u/s in two weeks to monitor the cyst.
U/S to monitor cyst - June 24 - cyst shrank slightly. Baby still measuring on track, 9weeks 1day and just over 2cm long, heartrate of 167bpm
12week u/s - July 12 - cyst had shrank to 2cm. Baby looked like a baby! Moving around and flailing arms and legs. Just over 5.5cm long, heartrate of 160bpm. Nuchal scan and nasal bone both looked good. Doctor's appointment went well.
20 week ultrasound and doctors appointment - baby looks good - its a girl :) Test results from IPS test show a 1 in 20,000 risk of a chromosomal abnormality. Placenta is partially covering cervix, doctor will check again at 32 weeks.
26 week doctors appointment - GD test
30 week doctors appointment - got GD test results, I passed. Baby measuring on track, good strong heartbeat :)
32 week doctors appointment - u/s to check placenta position to see if it has been pulled up from my cervix and also to check baby's size

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#140 Lisa1995

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:08 PM

In respect to the wrist pain I had major carpel tunnel/nerve entrapment issues a few years back and what did the trick for me was a combination of active release and acupuncture. I had never heard of active release but at an athletes care center where I had first started going for physio (which was not helping) I got referred to their chiropractor who does a combination of active release and acupuncture (he did not do any chiropractic adjustments to me, active release works with soft tissue, you can google it to read up on it). Anyway, the results were amazing. I have now referred directly and indirectly at least 10 people to him and they all rave about it. My guy used to treat the Toronto Marlies and his boss works with the Maple Leafs (I say that to illustrate that it is not some kind of hokey treatment, it really works even for professional athletes). Anyway, something for anyone having repetitive strain issues to look into!

LP, Maeve is still nursing too (in the morning and during the week when I get home from work and then at bedtime and then 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night. On weekends the after work nursing is replaced by an earlier one at naptime instead). I would love to wean her by around 2 but she loves it so much and needs it to sleep (at least when I am around) I have no idea how I could wean her. I was hoping her interest would diminish naturally but no sign of any such thing yet! So cute about Em needing you to say 'hello' back to feel better! :)

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Tried: Naturopath, Chinese herbs, Acupuncture, Homeopathy
4 un-medicated IUI's BFN
IVF # 1 18 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 8 out of 16 fertilized (1/2 ICSI, half IVF), 5 made it to day 5 blast, transferred two, froze 3
first ever BFP m/c
FET #1 medicated, transferred two, started spotting 2 days later, full blown AF 5 days later (decided I don't react well to Estrace, will do natural frozen next time) BFN
FET #2 natural (but still with progesterone (crinone) support, transferred last blast from IVF #1 BFN
IVF #2 16 eggs retrieved, decided not to do ICSI this time since cycle #1 showed eggs could fertilize on their own, only 3 fertilized! None made it to blast for transfer no transfer! Disaster!
IVF #3 decided to add some repronex to the stims and do all ICSI. 18 eggs, 17 mature and 15 fertilized, 8 made it to day 5 blast. Transferred two blasts, froze 6 BFN
FET#3 added 3 HCG booster shots and doubled up on the crinone to prevent me from spotting early (as I often do), transferred 2 blasts, no spotting but a BFN anyway
FET #4- added ovidral just before my natural ovulation so they could pin point it more accurately with the 36 hour window, HCG shots again, plus double crinone BFN
January 2009 Consult with new RE in Markham - he finds a small septum, resected April 29, 09 - tells me to now try my last two frozen blasts
FET #5 - ET scheduled for June 15 (natural cycle with trigger, HCG booster and crinone) - BFN
On to Plan B- Switch clinic to Markham for
#4 Fresh IVF with IVIg, exploring immune testing - start BCP Sept 20. ER around week of Oct. 25
9 eggs retrieved, 1 immature, 1 fractured. 7 to work with. 4 out of 7 fertilized (Day 3: 1 8 cell grade 1, 2 8 cell grade 2 and 1 morula). Day 5 transferred 1 great blast and 1 morula (1 morula and 1 10 cell did not make it to freezing).
Beta Nov. 11 - BFP! (550) I am in shock!
Issues with spotting, Nov 20, second beta 11,000 and early ultrasound: saw gestational sac and yolk sac in the right place but concern about a cyst or possible ectopic near my ovary as well, 4 more ultrasounds over a 10 day period, last ultrasound on Dec. 2 'cyst' has not grown and baby measuring on target at 7wks, 1day with a heart beat of 153bpm.
Now taking Lovenox due to 2 heterozygous thrombophilias
Ultrasound on Dec. 18 (9 weeks, 5 days) baby on track, hb 167
Ultrasound on Dec. 22 due to extra heavy spotting, baby still measuring on track, hb 167 and dancing
Ultrasound on Jan. 8 (12 weeks, 5 days) baby on track, hb 160, baby doing crunches!
18 week anatomy scan scheduled for Feb. 16 - they lost my blood work for the second part of the IPS so no results for that today (they took blood again) but the 18 week scan went great, baby looked awesome and even gave us a little wave in between sucking her thumb and inspecting her toes. Yes, I said "her" - it's a little girl!
20 week ultrasound at Mt. Sinai and they agree, so far so good.
IPS results are in and they are excellent!
EDD: July 19, 2010
Baby girl arrived at 39 weeks, 2 days! July 14, 2010 3:12 am, weighing 7 pounds even.
May 2013 - The IVF Journey continues...one last try to see if a sibling is in the cards...
Did LIT, IVIg, Lovenox and low dose aspirin. 5 eggs retrieved, 1 immature, 1 fractured, 3 to work with, 2 fertilized with ICSI.
June 5, day 3 transfer of 2 8 cell grade 2 embryos.BFN
April 2014, one very last try - natural IVF with intralipids this time, 2! dominant follicles, 2 mature eggs retrieved, both fertilize with ICSI, day 3 transfer scheduled for April 13, transferred 1 8-cell grade one and 1 6-cell grade one (also using Lovenox and low dose ASA) fx!


#141 Yearning

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:44 AM

Update on the DeQuervain's - had the wrist surgery about a month ago now - and I'm still a little sore from the surgery, but the thumb/wrist feel sooo much better! Yippee! For about 2 weeks I couldn't lift Jonah at all - so DW had to do all the lifting - which included in the middle of the night - since he's still getting up for a snack of warm milk and a snuggle - I think I am now more appreciated!

I hope your wrist will be attended to soon, Yearning.

How's your wrist doing Luckypenny? Any better?

How is everyone else on this thread? Still Breastfeeding? Jonah is now 15 and a half months - and showing no signs of interest in weaning. It is very easy to BF now, and he really enjoys it, so I'm not pushing toward weaning really - though in some ways, it would be nice to have my breasts back (plus I could try another cycle once I've weaned).


So very glad to hear that the surgery went well...and great that DW may have a new found appreciation for you. Posted Image

I'm still struggling with the DeQuervain's. No improvement but it also has not worsened.

DD self weaned quite suddenly at 10w 2d (but who's counting). I was really upset for a while. Quitting like that really hurt my supply which I had struggled with the whole time. I was still pumping 4 times a day after feeds with the rented Medula Symphony pump. Without DD on the breast my supply disappeared almost overnight. I tried to start formula in a sippy cup but ended up with a few feeds in bottles. She is now on cow's milk in a sippy cup for all feeds but the bedtime one which DH likes to feed her. In the end it was nice to have my body back but I still wish that she had continued longer.

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Dx: Nothing other than advanced maternal age. DH - poor count, motility and morphology
TTC since August 2007

Straight to IVF/ICSI, assisted hatching
ER - May 22, 2010, ET - May 25, 2010
BFP
DD born January 26, 2011 at 37w4d, 6 lbs 15.8 oz, 20.5 inches


#142 LMC

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:04 PM

Hopefully this thread still has some life to it....I'm wondering how to go about starting to use a breast pump. I can't seem to find any good guidelines on when/where to start. Any information would be helpful. :)

Me: (36) Dh: (35)
TTC since October 2007
December 2009 - First consult with Genesis Fertility Centre

IVF #1 May/June 2010 - 12 eggs retrieved, 6 fertilized, 3 transferred, BFN & no frosties
IVF #2 October/November 2010 - 6 eggs retrieved, 6 fertilized, 2 transferred, BFN & 1 frozen embryo :I
Dec 2010 - Follow up with RE
FET #1 March 2011 - 1 transfered (our 1 and only), BFN
April 2011 - Follow up with RE
IVF #3 Aug/Sept 2011 - 8 eggs retrieved, 6 fertilized, 2 transferred, 1 frozen embryo
Sept. 19/2011 - Beta #1 (14dp3dt / 4wks+4days) = 794 BFP!!!!!
Sept. 26/2011 - Beta #2 (5wks+4days) = 11,389
Oct. 11/2011 - 1st u/s @ 7w5d showed one little bean measuring right on track! 162bpm

EDD - May 24, 2012
Baby boy born May 2012
FET #2 - March 2014 - BFN

IVF #4 Summer of 2014?


#143 jojo10

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

LMC Congrat's on your babies arrival!

I started using the medela freestyle double breast pump as soon as my girls were born. Breast feeding was harder than I EVER imagined. It depends a lot on what you want out of pumping, I pumped as the main source of my girls nutrition with a little bit of formula. So I was pumping every 3 hours around the clock and at my peak around 1200mls/24hrs. I was also on domperidone to increase milk production. The pump is fairly easy to attach, I liked the double with the attachments so that I could move around and get other things done in that precious 20 minutes of pumping time.
I pumped until the girls were just over 7 months with some bfing for comfort. Then we moved on to just formula and went out for lunches and to the movies and swimming!!!! (yes that can be done when pumping but not half as fun/stressfree and ALOT less work!)

Good luck, drink lots of water and enjoy your little miracle :)
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#144 frostedlemon

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 03:35 PM

Hi LMC! Congrats on the birth of your baby! Do you have a pump already, or are you looking for advice on which one to get? A lot of the info you need depends a lot of what you plan to pump for - is it to stimulate your milk production? is it to have a supply to freeze for bottle feeding? will it be an occasional thing or a regular thing? are you returning to work in a few weeks and hope to have a big supply by then?

I have a Medel Swing single electric pump. It's great because it comes with everything you need to get started (a couple of bottles and a special nipple that's supposed to be more like a breast so your baby hopefully doesn't get nipple confusion, I've heard mixed reviews on the nipple but it was nice to have it all in one place since we didn't buy bottles before he was born). I just followed the directions that came with it, it was really easy to use. I didn't find it at all painful, not at all like breastfeeding was in the beginning, if that's a concern for you. I didn't end up pumping very much because I had way too much milk and pumping once would increase it even more and I'd have a lot of engorgement for days after. And now I don't do it at all because he refuses to take a bottle so there's no point.

Probably not a terribly useful reply, but if you can give us a bit more info we can help you better specific to your needs. :)

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Long story short: Trying without success for four years, two m/cs, several medicated cycles including two IUIs, and too many BFNs to count.

Dec 2010 Surprise natural BFP!
All betas and ultrasounds look great.
March 25 - 18 week u/s. Everything looks perfect. It's a boy!
He arrived on Sunday, August 21, 2011. I can't believe he's ours! So grateful.

We would like a second but it will have to happen naturally. Period returned July 2012.

 

Nov 2013 - BFP, but faint and bleeding a few days later. Beta 23 and then down to non-pregnant levels. Things are back to "normal", apparently.

 

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#145 BabyVibez

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:02 PM

LMC - I had a terrible time starting to breastfeed. Luckily we have a lactation consultant 'friend of the family' who came over at 10pm while baby screamed and i cried to teach me how to feed. My MW was useless and everyone I saw said everything was fine. It totally wasnt.

Dispite having LARGE bbs, my milk took almost 2 weeks to really come in. It took a week for anyone to notice baby has lost 18z in weight and then bells and whistles sounded!

As for the pump - because of my production issues, I was reccomended to buy the 'hospital grade' pumps. I bought this one from my 'breastfeeding friendly' hospital as was reccomended by the LC there. http://well.ca/produ...-pump_2004.html I was on a feed one hour, pump the next regime for almost a month. It worked well.. has no real bells or whistles. Is pretty quiet and got milk out of me... all I needed it for. It's easy to clean and I'd reccomend it. I paid $200 for it.

Some good websites to keep in your arsenol are
http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/ Dr Newman DOES answer emails, so if you cant find an answer from anyone else he is a great resource.
Also
http://www.motherisk...eastfeeding.jsp
and
http://kellymom.com/

If you have not already been to see your local lactation consultant DO IT. They are a wonderful wealth of knowledge and it is well worth the effort to just go get your latch checked. Also - you may find months and months down the road you feel like you have some questions for an LC and it is better to have a relationship started early, so you can possibly get answers over the phone and save a trip in! I can not say enough times have completely essential my LC was in our breastfeeding. 16 months now and going stong!! If you are in ontario - visits to an LC are completely covered by OHIP

I wish you so much luck!!!!!
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#146 sharlene

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 06:24 PM

I love my Ameda Purely Yours pump, too! And like FL said, it depends on your purpose in pumping, to decide what to get.

I am still breastfeeding my son at 17 months old. I now only pump when I am at work on Mondays and Tuesdays and he takes bottles on those days. He still breastfeeds a couple of times a day (well maybe 3 or 4).

If you have more specific questions, give us a holler - there are many of us still checking up on this thread!

Good luck and congrats!

#147 silverdollar

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:14 PM

Congrats LMC!

I also have some Q's Re: Pumping:
What's the best pump that won't break the bank for occasional pumping? I've been exclusively BFing but just started thinking it might be nice to leave my LO for more than a couple of hours, or have DH do the odd night feeding now and again. Is it worth trying a manual pump, or is electric really the only way to go?

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#148 frostedlemon

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:35 PM

SD - My pump was around $200 from BRU (it's about $10 cheaper at Walmart, I think), so not horribly expensive. I know there are cheaper ones as well. As I said, it comes with the bottles and nipple and stuff to try out so hopefully you don't have to buy a lot of others unless the bottle becomes a regular thing but then at least you know what you need. I highly recommend the occasional, regular bottle feeding - I didn't do it a lot because I was terrified he'd start to like it better plus it gave me even more engorgement issues than I was already having, and now he won't take one at all. Guess I got my wish, but it makes things a lot harder as far as me getting any time away. Also, if you plan to pump then do it starting early on... I'm not sure I could pump very much anymore now that my milk has finally adjusted to what he needs (only took 6 months!) so I rarely have a lot of extra anymore.

I have heard that electric is the way to go, a lot of people get nothing when they use the manual ones, plus it takes much longer and requires more work. Unless you're on a strict budget, I'd spend a bit of extra money and get the electric just for speed and ease of use. Some people find they can't get as much when they pump as when they nurse, so the electric can get a bit more out than a manual would be able to. That said, some people don't get anything with an electric either.

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Long story short: Trying without success for four years, two m/cs, several medicated cycles including two IUIs, and too many BFNs to count.

Dec 2010 Surprise natural BFP!
All betas and ultrasounds look great.
March 25 - 18 week u/s. Everything looks perfect. It's a boy!
He arrived on Sunday, August 21, 2011. I can't believe he's ours! So grateful.

We would like a second but it will have to happen naturally. Period returned July 2012.

 

Nov 2013 - BFP, but faint and bleeding a few days later. Beta 23 and then down to non-pregnant levels. Things are back to "normal", apparently.

 

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#149 sharlene

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:03 PM

Congrats LMC!

I also have some Q's Re: Pumping:
What's the best pump that won't break the bank for occasional pumping? I've been exclusively BFing but just started thinking it might be nice to leave my LO for more than a couple of hours, or have DH do the odd night feeding now and again. Is it worth trying a manual pump, or is electric really the only way to go?


I do have both (electric and manual) and the electric is just easier - it's not that difficult or anything with the manual but you can kind of zone out and the electric will do the work for you, which is nice. Honestly, you don't have to break the bank at all - I suggest craigslist or ebay or whatever local forum you have for buying used - the way the Ameda Purely Yours works (the Medela is similar but most of my experience is with the Ameda), the milk only touches the flanges and bottles (and the little white rubber things in the flanges), so you can buy used and buy new flanges, bottles and little white rubber things. I also think it is just fine to get the flanges and stuff used and wash and sterilize it all - we all seem to eat in restaurants and the silverware is quite well used by other people, falls on the floor etc., it is just washed well, and probably not sterilized!

I got one of my pumps from someone on craigslist for $35 and it came with a ton of accessories (the nice carrying bag, A/C adaptor, bottles, covers, etc. etc.) - I also got one for free from someone on Freecycle - it didn't have an A/C adaptor but that was easy enough to get and the pump works on batteries, too.

There are also really inexpensive new pumps at Target for around $40 - I can't vouch for their efficiency though.

I do think that breastfeeding straight from the breast is better than pumping for several reasons but the ability to pump when you need/want to, is a valuable commodity!

#150 praying4blessing

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:05 PM

I am not sure if this is the right forum to ask this question on or not, but I thought it is a good place to start. I have just weaned DS from nursing two and a half weeks ago after his first birthday. I slowly weaned him so that he was eventually only getting his bedtime nursing for about a week. I still experienced some engorgement (not horrible), but then I ended up with what I think are plugged ducts??... Any advice on how to deal with these hard little lumps in my bbs? I have put heat on them and expressed a bit a couple nights ago, and that helped, but they are sore again today and not sure if I should just keep applying heat and expressing some? I figure the more I express, the more my body will keep producing... Thanks in advance! :)

(Also, crazy to read about all the wrist trouble! I have just gotten a splint/brace for tendonitis in my thumb.)
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Diagnosed with Mild Endo, but considered "unexplained".
Married 2002, ttc since 2005

2005-2007 ttc naturally
2008 - finally referred to specialist and HSG
2009 - laparoscopy Dx - endo, treated.. given 70% chance of conceiving naturally with-in the year
2010 - still no baby... asked for referral to RFC
June '10 - initial consult at RFC, all testing complete... just waiting for the call
August 10th/10 - Got the call!! Woo hoo! Begin Superfact August 21st
September 4th/10 - Stims begin...
September 17th/10 - ER - 7 little eggies, 4 fertilized
September 20th/10 - ET - 2 beautiful little 8 cell embies, 2 frosties
October 5th/10 - BFP!!! Thank you Lord!! Beta was 858
Oct 25th/10 - first u/s One baby in heaven, one with a perfect heartbeat - 152 bpm
Nov 12th/10 - second u/s measuring 9w 5d!! Heard the heartbeat!!! 165bpm!!
Dec. 8th/10 - first prenatal appointment - got to hear baby's heart on doppler! Doctor says I am measuring pretty big!
Jan 13th/11 - third u/s - Do I want to know the gender?? Hmmmm... nope!
May 13th/11 - Beautiful baby boy!! Simpson Hunter, 7lbs 1oz, 20"... born at 35w6d!

June/July 2012 - trying to get back for FET... I think we are on the waitlist??
August 2012 - Possible PCOS?? not really sure u/s report said ovaries appeared polycystic??
Oct 8/12 - start sniffing Suprefact again, FET tentatively set for Nov 12-16
Nov. 13/12 - FET of two beautiful thawed out frosties! One 7 cell, one 6 cell (lost one cell in the thaw).
Nov 28/12 - test day... Praying for a blessing... or blessings... <3 POAS on Nov. 24 (11dp3dt) and BFP! Thank you Lord again!
Dec. 9/12 - emerg u/s after bleeding and abdominal pains - one gestational sac...
Dec. 20/12 - next u/s - will get a better view and hopefully see that beating heart!! Yup! 158bpm and measuring right on track at 7w5d!
Jan. 4/12 - prenatal - heard baby's heart on doppler - 160bpm. <3


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